My son was recently asking the same question I struggled with for years. How can there be people left who STILL don’t know the Gospel? My Pastor used to say, “There are two reasons why there are places in the world the Gospel has not yet gone. They are either Resistant or they are Remote.
I love it that Papua New Guinea is a country that is dedicated to religious freedom. The challenge in reaching Papua New Guinea is not the resistance of the people to outsiders, but the difficulties that come with reaching out to a remote area.
We are looking for people willing to be church planters to assist the Mibu church in their efforts to see the Gospel spread to the 100 unreached peoples within a 70 mile radius of Mibu. A leader in the church said… “Please, there are many people in need of God’s Word. But, we don’t have anyone to help us in our efforts to bring the Gospel to all the languages right here. Please, we urgently need church planters and translators in the Finisterre Mountains! How sad would that be if these people grow old and die without ever hearing the Gospel, especially with the way here being so open!”
Rural Papua New Guinea is an amazing place to work, even for families with young children. Who do you know that could help us? Would you pass this on? Finisterre Vision provides start to finish training for church planting teams. This training is free of charge and is designed to build upon the theological and biblical foundations already in place. We would love to meet to discuss the needs, goals, and openings in this seeking area of the world.
For the glory of God, for the Vision of the Mibu Church, for the Only Hope of Humankind!
“How many tribes are yet to be reached in the country where you work? Are those tribes your goal, or is your goal to reach just the tribe with which you are working? I think our goals are often too narrow. We go to reach a tribe but what about all the other tribes right around us? You probably are thinking, “Ron, I’ve got to reach this one first before I go on to the others.” True but you need to know where you are going and how your work with this particular tribe will help reach the other tribes. The Semandang are now planting churches in two other language groups. This did not just happen by accident. The Semandang were exposed to these principles from the Word of God, and that teaching exposure began “Day One”. How important it is to set your objectives at the beginning of your work!”
Statements like this one were the seeds which have recently germinated into what we are calling “Finisterre Vision”. I have been re-reading this book from when were training to go to New Guinea called “Discipleship Within the Context of the Local Church” by Ron Risse, who worked among the Semandang people in Indonesia. So cool to re-visit the books that helped shape our thinking in Mibu and beyond.